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News & Events

Current News

October 10, 2006 – Oslo, Norway – On behalf of Intercamhs, EDC with Psykisk Helse I Skolen coordinated a pre-conference workshop on Schools and Mental Health at the 4th World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental Health Disorders

40 participants worldwide from Singapore, Scandinavia, North America and Australia participated. The distinguished panelists and participants engaged in conversation about critical issues of advocacy, implementation of a range of programs for students. Power Points of Presentations are attached.

Discussions centered on such issues as the importance of a principal or headmaster’s leadership, the need for advocacy, training to convince and prepare teachers that they can play a most significant role, the challenge of creating a common language, convincing schools of the link between mental health, learning and academic achievement, and how to create coordinating mechanisms across education and mental health. A most exciting program in Norway has increased awareness of young people’s mental health needs and drastically shortened the time for seeking care.

Presentations:

Mental Health in School – Anne Gro Tvedt

Key Understandings from School Mental Health Promotion in Australia – Louise Rowling

Mental Health in Schools – Cheryl Vince-Whitman

Lessons from the TIPS Project – Jan Olan Johannessen

Presenter Bios

International Meetings

December, 2005 – Montego Bay, Jamaica – On December 6-8, 2005 over 100 participants gathered at Montego Bay, Jamaica for the Jamaica Association of Guidance Counselors in Education (JAGCE) Annual General Conference. The theme of conference was “Professional Counsellor: Agent of Change” with the key note address by Mr. Patrick Smith, Senior Secretary for Member Services, Jamaica Teacher’s Association. The honoree was Dr. Deloris Brissett, Ministry of Education for Jamaica. Intercamhs board member, Dr. Dennis Edwards was part of the organizing committee and Intercamhs members Dr. Paul Giguere, Senior Scientist, Education Development Center, USA and Dr. Michael Linsdey, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, led discussions on approaches to school-based mental health. A number of practitioners expressed interest in and signed up to be members of Intercamhs.

April, 2005 – Dublin, Ireland

The third Intercamhs’ meeting was held in Dublin, Ireland in April 2005 to coincide with the Global Conference for Mental Health Promotion: Going from Strength to Strength. Summaries of the presentations will be available soon.

September, 2004 – Auckland, New Zealand

The second Intercamhs’ meeting was held in Auckland, New Zealand in September 2004, to coincide with the Third World Conference on Mental Health Promotion and the Prevention of Mental Health and Behavioural Disorders.

  • Read summaries of the presentations at the meeting

October, 2003 – Portland, Oregon

The first Intercamhs’ meeting was held in Portland, Oregon, USA, on October 22 2003, and attracted 43 delegates from 11 countries.

  • Read a report of the meeting

Journal

A special issue of the International Journal of Mental Health Promotion was published in summer 2004, with all articles contributed by Intercamhs members.